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Arcana, or, The museum of natural history : containing the most recent discovered objects : embellished with coloured plates, and corresponding descriptions : with extracts relating to animals, and remarks of celebrated travellers; combining a general survey of nature (1811)

Author: Perry, George, b. 1771; Busby, Thomas Lord, engraver; Mathews, Gregory M. (Gregory Macalister), 1876-1949. "Perry's Arcana"--an overlooked work; Braikenridge, George Weare, 1775-1856, former owner. DSI; Richmond, Charles Wallace, 1868-1932, former owner. DSI
Subject: Natural history
Publisher: London : Printed by George Smeeton for James Stratford
Language: English
Call number: 39088015053044
Digitizing sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
Book contributor: Smithsonian Libraries
Collection: biodiversity
Notes: various plates printed off edge of page. no page numbers.

Full catalog record: MARCXML

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Dedication leaf is signed George Perry

The work was issued in parts, and probably began to appear in 1810, for the earlier plates are marked as published on Jan. 1st of that year

Plates designed by G. Perry and engraved by T.L. Busby

Plates are hand-colored

Zoology -- Ornithology -- Entomology -- Ichthyology -- Botany -- Conchology -- Extracts from Dr. Winterbottom's travels -- Mr. Patterson's travels in Africa -- Extract of a tour, by Mr. Glas -- Extracts from Barrow's travels in China

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SCNHRB copy (39088015053044) imperfect: t.p. supplied in pencilled ms

SCNHRB copy has inside back cover pocket: Mathews, Gregory M. "Perry's Arcana" : an overlooked work. [Melbourne] 1912 (p. 7-16); this pamphlet, re-printed from The Victorian naturalist, provides a description of Perry's Arcana

SCNHRB copy has armorial bookplate of George Weare Braikenridge, Broomwell House

SCNHRB copy has pencilled ms. note attached to front free endpaper, signed CWR

SCNHRB copy stamped on dedication leaf: Smithsonian Institution National Museum Richmond Collection. Inscribed on verso: CW Richmond

SCNHRB copy half bound in calf and marbled paper boards, title in gilt on spine, marbled edges, blue endpapers

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